MOSCOW (Sputnik) — NATO’s steps to build up its military capacity and to assign global functions to the alliance pose a threat to Russian security, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev told Sputnik.
"We still regard the strengthening of NATO’s military might and assigning this organization global functions, locating the bloc states’ military infrastructure closer to Russian borders, deploying new types of armaments, creating a global missile defense system as threats to our country’s security," Patrushev said.
Russia continues working within the Russia-NATO Council framework to coordinate measures aimed at preventing air and sea confrontations, Patrushev added.
"Under the present circumstances, Russia continues using the Russia-NATO Council dialogue platform, working on bilateral agreements on prevention of air and sea incidents," Patrushev said.
US Missile Systems Capable of Striking Key Russian Sites
The United States' missile systems set to be deployed in Eastern Europe and South Korea have the capability to strike Russia's strategic sites despite Washington's claims to the contrary, Nikolai Patrushev told Sputnik.
"The methods of defending against the imaginary 'Russian threat' raise questions. You mentioned the deployment of missile defense system elements at our borders. These systems can launch cruise missiles with strategic Russian infrastructure facilities within their radius," Patrushev said.
"The US of course denies this possibility, but cannot provide real arguments," he added.